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F.B.I. Clears Hillary Clinton of Criminal Charges

July 7, 2016
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CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) and U.S. president Barack Obama during a campaign rally on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

CHARLOTTE, NC – JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) and President Barack Obama during a campaign rally on July 5, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton does not face indictment for private emails she sent while Secretary of State. Even the U.S. Secretary of State can send private emails. The problem faced by Mrs. Clinton was, did she send emails that had “classified” information in them?

The F.B.I. said she did. But she did not do so in a way that was criminal. The F.B.I. report is devastating. But it does not call for criminal charges.

She now is free to campaign without worry of an indictment. But her problems are not over.

The head of the F.B.I. is a man with a reputation for integrity. He was quite critical of the Department of State under Mrs. Clinton’s leadership. He said Mrs. Clinton was “extremely careless.” Those are not the words a candidate for president wants to hear said about her.

When she became Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton used a private server for her own email. The server was not secure from hacking. The line between her private and official email was not clear. It turns out that some of her emails became “classified” after she sent them.

No one seems to believe her emails put the U.S. in danger.

It is Mrs. Clinton’s reputation that is in danger. Critics say she never was honest about her continued use of the private server. They say the report shows that some emails were classified.

Her best argument against Donald Trump was that she was much more “fit” for the job of president than he was. The F.B.I. report calls that claim into question.

One Republican said, “I was not indicted “ is not a good campaign slogan. Donald Trump said the F.B.I. report shows the system was “rigged” to clear her.

About four months of campaigning are ahead. Mrs. Clinton has lost the moral high ground for now. Observers are not sure how well Mr. Trump will use the political advantage the report gives him.

Source: The New York Times July 5, 2016

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